Corpus Christ Men Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges

CORPUS CHRISTI–Federal prosecutors announced Friday three Corpus Christi me were indicted for drug trafficking and money laundering

The indictment names Angel Mario Gonzalez, 48, George Jacob Puebla III, 30, and Charles Ambrose Chavana, 26, all of Corpus Christi, Texas, following the filing of a criminal complaint and the group’s arrest last month. They will appear for arraignment on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington.

Gonzalez, Puebla and Chavana are all charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute about 19 kilograms of cocaine.

Prosecutors said the men face no less than 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, if convicted. Gonzalez is also charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

In the other indictment, Angel Mario Gonzalez is alleged to have structured transactions in order to avoid a federal reporting requirement, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison upon conviction. Also included in the indictment is a notice of intent to seek a money judgment in the amount of $24,000 and a notice of criminal forfeiture for a car lot known as “Mario’s Used Cars and Detail,” located in Corpus Christi, Texas.

–South Texas Tribune,

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